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I-69 Section 6 Draft Environmental Document Published for Public Comment Exhaustive study recommends locations for highway, exits and local access


INDIANAPOLIS (M) – The final leg of Interstate 69 from Evansville to Indianapolis is one step closer to reality with the release of its Tier 2 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). In addition to increasing economic activity in the corridor, exhaustive studies and public input conclude that I-69 Section 6 will improve safety and travel times between Martinsville and Indianapolis.

The Draft EIS recommends a preferred route and footprint for the 26 miles of new and upgraded highway, including the location and types of 10 exits, 16 overpasses or underpasses and new local access roads. The draft document estimates the maximum potential impact that I-69 Section 6 construction could have on homes, businesses and natural resources, and identifies mitigation measures.

“This is an important milestone for an important project, and it couldn’t have been accomplished without the significant amount of public input we received from hundreds of citizens, elected officials and civic organizations along the corridor,” said Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness. “This draft study moves us closer to what’s been talked about for so, so long – finishing I-69 and having a free flow of traffic from Evansville to Indianapolis.”

INDOT will refine the preferred alternative based on public and agency input, and expects the Federal Highway Administration will issue a joint Final EIS and Record of Decision for Section 6 in the first quarter of 2018. The Final EIS will identify refinements to the preferred route based on public comments and agency review. The Record of Decision is the federal decision that authorizes INDOT to proceed with design and construction of the project.

Public review and comment

The complete Draft EIS, more than 1,500 pages, is available for public review online at The public may submit written comments on the document and its recommendations through May 8 via the comment form at or by mail to the I-69 Section 6 project office, 7847 Waverly Road, Martinsville, IN 46151.

In addition, INDOT will host two public meetings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Perry Meridian High School, 401 W. Meridian School Rd. in Indianapolis, on Thursday, April 6 and Martinsville High School, 1360 E. Gray St. in Martinsville, on Monday, April 10. Each meeting will begin with an open house followed by a formal presentation and public-comment period in the school auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees who do not want to provide formal public testimony may return or mail a comment form available at the public hearings or provide verbal comments to a court reporter.

With advance notice, special accommodations will be made for individuals needing auxiliary aids or services of interpreters, signers, readers, or large print. Anyone with such needs should contact Rickie Clark with INDOT’s Office of Public Involvement at 317-232-6601 or

Paper copies for review

Beginning March 24, 2017, paper copies of the Draft EIS will be available at the I-69 Section 5 and I-69 Section 6 Project Offices, INDOT’s Central, Greenfield and Seymour District Offices and at the following public libraries: • Indianapolis Public Library o Central Branch: 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis o Southport Branch: 2630 E. Stop 11 Rd., Indianapolis o Decatur Branch: 5301 Kentucky Ave., Indianapolis • Johnson County Public Library, White River Branch: 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood • Mooresville Public Library: 220 W. Harrison St., Mooresville • Morgan County Public Library o Waverly Branch: 9410 IN-144, Martinsville o Martinsville Branch: 110 S. Jefferson St., Martinsville • Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library: 1120 Stafford Rd., Plainfield • Monroe County Public Library: 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington

Is original Medicare enough medical coverage for a senior?

by Steve Keefe, President of Medicare Your Way LLC

You’re approaching your initial election period (IEP) for Medicare which is normally when you are close to turning age 65. You could already be on Original Medicare, and the main question most want to know; “is Original Medicare sufficient medical coverage”? Answer – Probably not. There are various Medicare supplements available and also Medicare Advantage, but are they really necessary? In most cases, yes…..

Most Don’t Rely on just Original Medicare 

Most Medicare Beneficiaries don’t think Original Medicare is comprehensive enough without supplemental coverage. In fact only 14% of all Medicare eligible beneficiaries rely on just Original Medicare, without any additional public or private coverage. If you have significant financial resources and you are willing to risk spending a large amount upon an unforeseen illness, you could rely on just Original Medicare. Your biggest financial risk is no cap on how much you have to pay for out of pocket expenses. It also doesn’t cover prescription drugs cost. Those are covered under Part D of Medicare.

Although most hospitalizations last less than one week, if you were hospitalized like my mother was in 2010 for 131 days, you would be responsible under Part A (Hospital Insurance) of Medicare during the first 60 days for only $1,316. However, days 61-90 would cost you $9,870 and days 91-131 would cost you $26,320 totaling $37,506 for a 131 day hospital stay. Not everyone has money earmarked for these exorbitant amounts of medical bills.

Your biggest risk of only having Original Medicare is with Part B. You only have a $183 deductible in 2017, however you are responsible for 20% of all remaining costs. I just had a customer compile a $998,000 bill of which you would be responsible for $199,600. Again we not only don’t plan on serious illnesses but most don’t have those sums of money set aside for medical bills.

If you never get seriously ill and only need coverage for the occasional doctor office visit then you would be fine with just Original Medicare. Who has a crystal ball to predict their future medical or lack of medical issues? If you’re feeling lucky then this would be a good strategy, otherwise I would recommend either a Medicare Supplement or Medicare Advantage Policy to help reduce your out of pocket claim risk.

There are affordable plans available for Secondary Coverage

Medicare Supplements run from $50-$130 per month depending on which plan you would choose and there are Medicare Advantage Plans from zero premium up to $79 per month. You can get a Part D prescription drug plan for as little as $15 in 2017. I would encourage you to research a trusted independent advisor that specializes in helping seniors with Medicare. You may contact Steve Keefe, President of Medicare Your Way, LLC for help as well @ 317-372-3070. If you would like more information call Steve or you may view the attached  2 minute video link, which talks about Original Medicare and supplemental coverage options.

Good Luck!

Check out the list of exciting items to be auctioned off at the State of the City Dinner! Have you gotten your tickets yet?

Have you gotten your tickets for the State of the City Dinner yet?  Check out the list of exciting auction items below!






The Martinsville Rotary Club and the Greater Martinsville Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to join us for the 2017 State of the City Dinner. This prestigious event is held annually in the spring to honor the City of Martinsville and the many individuals, businesses and organizations that contribute to the economic growth and development of our community. Mayor Shannon Kohl will also present the State of the City address at this function.

This year’s event is Tuesday, March 14th at the Martinsville High School Cafeteria, with the social hour beginning at 5:30pm and dinner at 6:30pm. Dinner will be catered by Renda Trimble and Spice of Life Catering.   Tickets are just $25 each and are available at KeyBank, the Chamber office (now located inside The Main Connection, at 460 S. Main St.), and from any Rotary member.
The silent auction promises to be especially fun this year, as we have had some very generous donations, including:

Primitive decor & JK’s gift certificate – valued at $250 and donated by Neal & Summers Funeral & Cremation Center

Primitive decor items valued at $90 – donated by Berries & Ivy

Argent Silver with turquoise & blue topaz bracelet valued at $450 – donated by DeLyn Jewelry

Coach purse valued at $375 – donated by Citizens Bank

DiscoverSpace STEM Education Programs for the

school of highest bidder’s choice

 Provided by Link Observatory Space Science Institute, this package includes a complete DiscoverSpace educational program for a school of your choice for an entire school year (August 2017 – June 2018)
Package includes:
  • DiscoverSpace Classroom
  • DiscoverSpace Live
  • DiscoverSpace Science
    Approximate Retail Value: $ 5,000

Learn more here:

Link Observatory – Discover Space auction item description

Net proceeds help support the activities of the Martinsville Rotary and Chamber of Commerce, and provide a contribution to Mayor Kohl’s choice of charitable organizations, Churches in Mission. 

Thank you to those who have already committed to sponsor this year’s event:

Barnes & Thornburg, Beam, Longest & Neff, Community Chrysler, Franciscan Health, HomeBank, IU Health, Ivy Tech Community College & WCBK 102.3 FM Mid-America Radio
Boren, Oliver & Coffey, Bryan Jackson, Farm Bureau Ins./Ann Jackson, Foley Peden & Wisco, P.A., Flaherty & Collins Properties, Keller Williams Real Estate, Citizens Bank, Flowers by Dewey, Reporter-Times, SCI REMC & Wallace Construction
Banning Engineering, Community Foundation of Morgan County, Hilliard Lyons, Hobson Chevrolet Buick GMC, Keller Office Supply, KeyBank, Meadow Lakes, Medicare Your Way LLC,
Morgan County Farmers’ Market, Morgan Insurance Group, Neal & Summers Funeral & Cremation Center, Ready Set Quit Tobacco, Shields Designs  & State Farm Insurance – Mike Spencer
Berries & Ivy, Duke Energy, First Merchants Bank, H&R Block, HWC, Indy’s Family Restaurant, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Pamela Siddons, Attorney at Law, The Sterling Butterfly & Walkerson Roofing

Artesian Little League sign-ups going on now – Last chance is March 11th

Remaining Artesian Little League 2017 Baseball and Softball Registration dates as follows:


Thursday, March 2 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Artesian Little League

Saturday, March 4 9:30 am-1:30 pm Artesian Little League

Thursday, March 9 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Artesian Little League

Saturday, March 11-FINAL DAY 9:30 am-2 pm Artesian Little League

     You can also sign up at

Cost per player:

  • $90 per player
  • $80 players 2/3
  • $70 players 4-up
  • $75 for Spark Plugs**There will also be a $25 concession stand usage fee per family, due at the time of registration. Money will be refunded, once concession stand obligation is complete.

There will be a MANDATORY player evaluation March 13-18 based on division.

SAVE THE DATE: Barbara B. Jordan YMCA Cash Dinner on Thursday, April 6th!


Barbara B. Jordan YMCA Cash Dinner on Thursday, April 6th!


Join the Board of the Barbara B. Jordan YMCA for an exciting evening with a gourmet meal, cash prizes and surprise gifts. Business dress attire is encouraged for this delightful evening at the beautiful Sycamore at Mallow Run. Each year, the Barbara B. Jordan YMCA awards more than $70,000 in financial aid to youth and families. This event supports the YMCA’s goal of creating affordable programs and opportunities for youth development, social responsibility and healthy living.

  • Give back to your YMCA
  • Fabulous dinner
  • Chance to win
    • 1st Prize $2,000
    • 2nd Prize $1,000
    • 3rd-5th Prize $500 and more

WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017

TIME: Cocktails at 6pm; Dinner at 7:00pm




TICKET PRICING: Tickets – $100/person

Tables – $1,000/8 people

Tickets or tables can be purchased in person at the Y

For more information call 765-342-6688.


Things to keep in mind this tax season by Melissa Schiff, CPA

The IRS is demanding ever increasing organization and improved record keeping from business owners. In our ongoing effort to help you stay compliant we would ask you take a moment to review the issues below and make sure your operations are in order.

Updated forms: Sales Tax Exemptions, W-4’s, W-9’s You should have new versions of each of these forms each year. The form should be acquired at the time of the 1st transaction of the year.

Substantiation of Expenses You will have support to show the IRS if your tax return is ever examined. You can’t deduct amounts that you approximate or estimate. You should keep adequate records to prove your expenses or have sufficient evidence that will support your expenses. You must generally prepare a written record for it to be considered adequate. You should keep the proof you need in an account book, diary, log, statement of expense, trip sheets, or similar record. You should also keep documentary evidence that, together with your record, will support each element of an expense.

2016 Business Client advice sheet – record keeping

LIFEDesigns partners with Home Bank

LIFEDesigns has been accepted into the 2017 CSH Supportive Housing Institute where Susan Rinne, CEO, will serve as Team Leader. Partners for the project include the South Central Community Action Program; Valenti Real Estate Services, Inc.; Milestone Ventures, Inc.; and Home Bank. The purpose of the Institute is to better understand the needs of the community and develop affordable, accessible housing to support those most vulnerable. Through this process the team will design a multi-family housing project in Martinsville, including supportive services, to address those needs and identify private, state and federal funding sources.  The group hopes to be able to initiate the project in late 2017 with completion in 2018.

Frank Peacock, Director of Operations and Interim Executive Director, will represent SCCAP at the Institute along with Doug Wilson, Director of Communications and Development. The South Central Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization based in Bloomington that has served low-income people for more than 50 years. SCCAP is an experienced not-for-profit affordable housing developer. Their mission is to provide opportunities for low income citizens to move toward personal and economic independence.

Susan Rinne, Chief Executive Officer of LIFEDesigns, has previously developed and supervised housing and in-home services for people with disabilities in a multi-county area. LIFEDesigns is also an experienced not-for-profit affordable housing developer, and they are certified by the City of Bloomington as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO).

Also participating in the Institute is Cindy Fleetwood, Director of Executive Administration at LIFEDesigns. Cindy has managed LIFEDesigns’ affordable housing program for over seven years.  She has earned the CAPS Designation (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist); the SCS Certification (Site Compliance Specialist) and received additional training in fair housing and tax credits.

Lisa Arnold, Senior Vice President/Chief Operations Officer of Home Bank in Martinsville, Indiana, will also be joining our team. Home Bank is a community banking institution serving South Central Indiana with offices in Morgan, Johnson, and Hendricks County. They are a mutual institution, founded in 1890, which means that they do not have shareholders but are instead owned by their depositors. With this, they have a high level of capital for a financial institution their size. In 2012, their Board of Directors initiated a gifting program where 10% of their net earnings are donated to non-profits addressing needs in the communities they serve.

Valenti Real Estate Services, Inc. is experienced in management of affordable and supportive housing and has worked closely with LIFEDesigns for almost seven years.

Milestone Ventures, Inc. has successfully worked as co-developer with LIFEDesigns for over six years. The Co-developer is credited as the premier partner for non-profit organizations with processes suited to their needs. They specialize in expanding and enhancing the capacity of non-profits to undertake complex affordable housing developments, having developed in both rural and urban communities. 

SCCAP’s mission is to provide opportunities for low-income individuals and families to achieve personal and economic independence.

LIFEDesigns partners with people of all ages and abilities to lead meaningful and active lives. This is accomplished through community living services, general support services and assistive technology, a community-based education program, affordable housing, and supported employment services. LIFEDesigns believes everyone deserves a home, a job, and access to the community they live in.


To learn more about LIFEDesigns and how we help people achieve their goals, or to find out how you can be involved, visit or call (800) 875–9615.

Keeping the Business in Your Family: A Family Business Workshop

March 9th-10th
As you look towards the future of your business operation, there are many issues to consider. One issue of extreme importance is the development of a son, daughter, or partner to be the future manager of your business. To help you begin development of your management succession plan, the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University will host a Family Business Workshop on March 9-10, 2017, at the Purdue Beck Center.

This workshop provides information and work time to develop answers for many issues involved with bringing a new manager into the operation. The workshop provides an opportunity for you, and your son, daughter, or partner to begin making decisions together about the future of your business operation. This conference is also a wonderful opportunity to spend a weekend with a family member who is attending Purdue.​​​​​​​​​

Keeping the business in your family Brochure-2017

Latest Research Shows Continued Growth in Morgan County Tourism  

The most recent economic impact study on visitor spending in the area shows 5% growth in the local tourism industry.

MARTINSVILLE –  Visit Morgan County once again has invested in a county-specific economic impact study of visitor spending. This annual research initiative is a statewide study through the Indiana Office of Tourism Development that county tourism offices throughout the state have the opportunity to buy into and receive a report for their county.  The most recent report is based on 2015 data and is available in the Industry partners section of the Visit Morgan County website.

According to this recently received study, the impact of tourism in Morgan County is substantial, and growing! Visitors (defined by this study as those traveling more than 50 miles from home to the Morgan County area) spent a total of $23 million in 2015, supporting 426 jobs and more than $9 million in local wages and proprietor income. This spending also generated significant tax revenues – more than $2 million in federal taxes and $3 million in state and local taxes.

Of that spending, food and beverage purchases account for the largest share at 42% of all visitor spending, which is much higher than the state average of 27%. Next is retail spending at 29%, transportation at 13%, lodging at 9% and recreation and entertainment at 7%. Interestingly, the segment with the largest growth over the previous year is recreation and entertainment with a 17% growth rate.

“We all know recreation is a popular reason for visitors to be in the area, with Morgan-Monroe State Forest and various county and city parks, but these attractions are often free and so would not affect the numbers much in this particular study,” says Visit Morgan County director, Tosha Daugherty. “What these numbers do tell us is more people visiting the area are paying for recreational and entertainment opportunities, such as horseback riding at Grandpa Jeff’s in Morgantown or tickets to a play at The Depot Theatre in Martinsville.”

Over all, visitor spending in Morgan County was up 5.4% over 2014 spending, a healthy and fairly steady growth rate. Tourism is currently the 11th largest industry in Morgan County (excluding government). Revenues collected locally from tourism is sufficient to support 314 Indiana public school students. If tourism in Morgan County did not exist, each of the more than 28,000 households in the county would have to pay an additional $107 per year in taxes to maintain current tax revenues. What’s more, of every dollar spent by visitors in Morgan County, 71 cents remains here in the area economy. That’s money that did not previously exist in our local economy. In this way, tourism helps to increase the overall economy of Morgan County.

Visit Morgan County promotes all of Morgan County as a travel destination in order to grow the economic impact of the tourism industry and support local business.